Address: 5132 Biscayne Blvd. / Miami, Fl, 33137 (map) Telephone: 305.758.9559


  • Vegan Shroom Pasta, smoked tofu crumbles, oven roasted tomato


    The Federal is no stranger to vegetables. Chef Cesar Zapata actually prefers to eat a vegetarian diet, and the innovative eatery's menu usually includes a wide array of garden grown edibles alongside its meatier offerings.

    Now, Zapata and crew are taking things to the next level with a three-month lunch menu that's all about plants.

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    One of America’s strangest delicacies is as rare and fascinating as the creature itself, and the traditions attached with it. We’re talking about the freshwater shellfish that abound the murky and muddy waters of the Louisiana bayous, consequentially entitling it the state’s official crustacean in 1983. 

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  • The Federal Restaurant in Miami brings back Crawdaddy Wednesdays

    The Federal (5132 Biscayne Blvd.) in Miami hosts its third annual Crawdaddy Fest this month.

    Every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. features traditional crawfish boils and other specials like crawfish ’n’ grits, crawfish fritters, jambalaya and more. Abita Beer is discounted from 6 to 8 p.m., and there are bottomless wine options.

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  • The Federal Restaurant Miami On Biscayne Times

    APix_Dish_4-15ccording to an old adage, you can’t always believe what you read in the papers -- or, these days, see on TV. And indeed, out-of-towners or others who depend on national media for Miami food news would think that March was a pretty loser month for restaurants in BT territory.

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  • The Federal Restaurant New Spring Inspired Menu By Chat Chow

    We think it goes without saying that a lot of exciting things are happening right now at The Federal. Besides its appearance on Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant,” The Federal is also fresh of its third anniversary and has released a new Spring inspired menu — which we got to try first hand.

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  • The Federal Miami Ranks in Top 30 Restaurants in Miami by Time Out Miami

    Federal Drink & Provisions
    Critics' pick
    Go on, play with your food. The folks at the Federal won’t mind. Experimentation is encouraged at this bustling gastropub, located in a not-so-bustling strip mall on the upper part of Biscayne Boulevard. Co-owners Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold treat this gem as if it were their very own nightly dinner party, and in a way it is. Which is why you’ll see the same faces here several nights a week, chowing down on newfangled editions of classic American dishes.

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  • 10 New Classics of the Miami Restaurant Scene

    The New Tasty Twist: Jar o' Duck at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
    Known for its playful takes on hearty American eats, this cool Little Haiti spot takes duck rillettes to a whole new level. Slow-roasted duck confit is served with candied sweet potatoes, toasted bread and, get this, charred fluff, which makes it a hard-to-forget dining experience.
    Price: $12

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  • Crawfish boil in Miami

    Crawfish Boil At The Federal By

    The Federal is bringing back its annual crawfish boil for its third year beginning this Wednesday, April 1. In addition to offering its traditional crawfish boil, The Federal will also offer up plenty of dishes featuring crawfish like crawfish critters and crawfish and grits.

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  • Crayfish Season By The Miami New Times

    It's crawfish season, which means Crawdaddy Wednesdays are back at the Federal. For the third year in a row, Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata are bringing pounds and pounds of the NoLa crustaceans to Miami and cooking them in a traditional Cajun-style boil. A few weeks ago, they ran out of 70 pounds by 8 p.m., so now they're ordering more than 100 pounds a week for your sucking pleasure

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  • Diners Drive in and dives

    Guy Fieri Of Food Network Enjoy Sweet & Spicy Venison Chili With Fries

    Food Network's Guy Fieri's and Chef Cesar cook up sweet & spicy venison chili with polenta fries. 

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  • Chefs latinos invaden el South Beach Food Festival de Miami

    Es reconocido por venir de The Federal y por ser un concursante de la nueva serie de Bravo TV "Best New Restaurants".

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  • El Sol Latino -  El Sabor Colombiano se toma al SOBE Wine & Food Festival

    El Innovador Chef Colombiano Cesar Zapata junto a la reconocida marca Tabasco le dio inicio a este magno evento con una cena privada en el restaurante "The Federal" donde algunos de los mas importantes medios de comunicación del país incluyendo a El Sol Latino Newspaper se reunieron para compartir de un exclusivo soirée donde se degusto los exquisitos platos del Chef Colombiano - 

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    The fine dining restaurant at the Turnberry Isle Hotel known for its contemporary and elegant fare of steaks and duck-fat fries, Bourbon Steak holds on strong at No. 1 again this January, with the high social score of 169.74! While, The Federal makes a climb to No. 2 from No. 5 and rounding out the top three is Prime Italian, which returns to the list after falling off in December.

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  • The List: The Federal’s Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata

    Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, the wife-and-husband team behind The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, are coming off their national television debut this week as they starred in Wednesday’s episode of Bravo TV’s Best New Restaurant. (The Federal bested an Austin, Texas, eatery in the episode, making Americans lust for its biscuits and qualifying it for a spot in the show's semifinals.) Here’s where Ani and Ceez eat when they’re off the clock:

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  • Behind the Scenes of “Best New Restaurant” Featured on Bon Appetit Magazine

    Miami’s The Federal and Austin’s Swift’s Attic—seem pretty similar: both are relatively small restaurants with a focus on small plates and reputations for outstanding service and playful takes on familiar dishes. At The Federal, chef and partner Cesar Zapata’s focus on dressed-up comfort food results in creative hits like the Jar o’ Duck, which is literally a jar of duck rillette with marshmallow fluff and candied sweet potato. Swift’s Attic chef Mat Clouser turns up the whimsy with unusual combos like the charred edamame appetizer sprinkled with Pop Rocks.

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  • New crop of sommeliers keeps South Florida’s wine glasses filled by The Miami Herald

    There was a time when nearly every sommelier was a humorless, old, white guy, bottled up in a suit. But just as wines evolve, so do the people who pour them. In South Florida, the somm community is as ethnically diverse and as dynamic as the region it serves.

    Court of Master Sommeliers-certified (except for one), these six somms curate wine lists with a range of styles, much like the somms themselves: from austere, Old World whites to unfiltered, New World reds to fierce blends with a little of everything.

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  • If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen – Cover Feature On Miami Shoot Magazine

    On a late Wednesday afternoon, Chef Tom Colicchio is late to catch a flight. Colicchio is no stranger to airports these days. Especially since signing with Bravo yet again to host the mega-network’s newest competition series, Best New Restaurant, in which the infamous Top Chef host scours the country in search of the nation’s best all-around restaurants, one city at a time. 

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  • The Federal’s Charred Platano Dish Featured on Chanel 7 Local News in a Bite with Belkys

    Sweet, salty and spicy is a great flavor combination and that's just what's on the menu tonight. Let's see what's cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

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  • The Federal Turns Three by

    In a city where restaurants come and go quicker than Lebron did, it's rare to see a dining establishment stick around very long. But The Federal managed to buck the trend keeping itself relevant throughout the years. On the eve of its third birthday, Eater Miami spoke with partner Aniece Meinhold, who runs the restaurant along with chef and partner Caesar Zapata, about what has given the restaurant staying power and what we can expect from the duo in the future.

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  • The Federal Restaurant in Miami featured on

    South Florida restaurants compete on new Bravo show by

    Regular viewers of TV cooking competitions know the format by rote.
    Harried young chefs compete in a series of timed challenges. They're tested with odd ingredients, and tasked to prepare high-quality food on the beach or in college dorm rooms.
    Starting at 10 p.m. Jan. 21, however, Bravo Media will turn the timeworn concept on its head with the premiere of "Best New Restaurant." Instead of individual chefs, the show pits entire restaurants against one another. They compete not in a sterile TV studio, but mostly on location in their own restaurants.
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    It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink.

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  • Best Thing We Ate: Steak Tartare in a Jar by Zagat

    We've had plenty of spectacular steak tartare dishes in the past, but nothing with a presentation quite like the one at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

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  • Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold Talk Fall Eats by Zagat

    Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold are the founders of the Miami-based Pious Pig Restaurant Group, masterminds of Miami’s first pop-up venue, Phuc Yea!, and The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions. We got a chance to sit down with the twosome to chat about success, fall feasts and weird eats. 

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  • The Federal’s New Menu: Scallops, Conch Salad, and Flaming Foie by Miami New Times

    The Federal Food Drink & Provisions has revamped its menu, leaving only three classic dishes behind....The waitress flambéed our foie and bananas. How can you go wrong with foie, brioche, caramelized bananas, vanilla mascarpone, and rum?

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  • Autumnal Eats All Around by the Plate for City Eats

    As the Miami weather begins to cool off and the holiday season approaches, restaurants are rolling out their fall-inspired menus. With everything from autumnal sodas to pork belly and ice cream sundaes, local chefs are taking advantage of the beautiful seasonal ingredients and we get to reap the benefits.

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  • Food & Wine Names The Federal Best Biscuits in the US & Mission Main Street Grant By New Times

    Food & Wine has named the best biscuits in the United States, and the Federal Food Drink & Provisions' "biskits" were chosen, alongside some heavy hitters from down South...

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  • USA Today Travel Experience

    Best Local Eats by USA Today Travel

    Miami's culinary scene is in its coming of age. The societal glitz that defined '90s South Beach still appears, but these days, sparkle does not equal stability. Ingredient-driven, attentive establishments are re-plotting the dining landscape.

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  • Best Biscuits in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine

    The secret to perfect biscuits is hotly contested: Lard or butter? Milk or buttermilk? Baking powder or soda? (Or both?)

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  • Resurrect Phuc Yea! Here’s How by New Times

    Remember Phuc Yea!, the wildly inventive Vietnamese temporary restaurant that really brought the term "pop-up" to Miami?
    Phuc Yea! closed, as planned...But still, many of us miss Phuc Yea!'s whimsical take on classic Vietnamese cuisine.

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  • Golden Spoon Award by Florida Trend Magazine

    Country comes to gritty historic Biscayne Boulevard and goes wild, putting charred fluff and candied jams with jarred duck, egg on lamb burgers and brussels sprouts in molasses vinaigrette. Don’t miss fries and seasonal ketchup.

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  • South Florida Food & Wine Raves About The Federal’s Summer Clambake

    At year and a half old, The Federal has won the hearts, palates and bellies of many in South Florida. Last night was my first food dalliance at The Federal along with two others, and it won’t be my last. The Federal describes its food as Classic Americana done 21st century style. Gastropub;  Modern American Food Tavern; Comfort food classics with a timely twist. There’s a lot of talent and food ingenuity going on at The Federal and shame on me for taking so long to get there. It’s a friendly, pretty little place that welcomes you with open arms. There are many regulars, and familiar faces who frequent The Federal.

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  • Food & Wine Magazine Announces Best Gluten Free Desserts in AMERICA!

    Incredible pastry chefs around the country are on a mission to create ultra-indulgent desserts without gluten. (While all the desserts here are made with only gluten-free ingredients, diners should always check with their servers about specific allergies and intolerances.)

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  • South Beach Magazine Names Best Restaurants in Miami

    If ever there was a Miami restaurant the locals do not want anyone to talk about so they can still hope to score a table on a Saturday night, it is The Federal. Tucked away in a non-descript MidTown shopping center alongside a dry cleaner and a Dunkin Donuts, this innovative foodie hotspot stirs in a healthy dose of youthful bravado to come up with frequently-changing menu items that make our tastebuds stand up and salute.

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  • CBS Miami Names Best Local Bars in South Florida

    Best Bars For Foodies In South Florida


    If food paired with drinks is your passion, there’s nothing better than having a list of favorite joints. Most of the time, a well-tailored wine list or an impacting display of bourbons and whiskeys draws in that sophisticated crowd that loves unusual pairings. But for those who need substance with their libations, these following spots won’t disappoint.

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  • Florida Trend Magazine Loves the Federal

    An old guide to understanding our state’s politics and culture claimed that in Florida, the South is in the north, while the North is in south Florida. The division held true for food, too: Mullet, grits and fried chicken on one end of the state; bagels, hotel haute cuisine and Floribbean touches on the other.

    No longer. In the heart of Miami, top chefs who sharpened their skills in its ritziest kitchens are now playing with the plainest old dishes of the South, from beans and greens to banana pudding.

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  • Trip Advisor Awards The Federal Food, Wine and Provisions receives a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

    TripAdvisor is delighted to recognize The Federal Food, Wine and Provisions with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

    This prestigious award, which places you in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

  • Chef’s Picks: Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions

    Cesar Zapata is the self-proclaimed “stove master and pig whisperer” at The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions.

    Zapata began his culinary career at the Four Seasons in Houston, working with James Beard-nominated Chef Timothy Keating. He later moved to Miami to open the Four Seasons Hotel and The Setai, under Michelin-starred Chef Shawn Hergatt.

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  • 12 New Miami Burgers to Eat Right Now

    Burgers are what life's all about. Well, this week anyway. And if you want to know where you can find the newest ones, we've got you covered. From meat-overload to fishy adaptations, and all sorts of interesting ingredients along the way, here's a list of 15 New Burgers you should be trying. Most of these are permanent additions to the menus save for OTC (their burgers will only be available this week) and all are new for 2013.

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  • Style File with Belkys Nerey!

    Call 'em what you want, crawfish, mudbugs they're in season and being shipped all the way from Bayou to the beach front. 7's Belkys Nerey gives us a taste of Louisiana in tonight's Style File.
    WSVN -- Here in South Florida we know shrimp, lobster and boy, do we love our stone crabs, but how about some crawdads?

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  • Miami Brunch HeatMap

    While the Eater Miami Heatmap has the hot places to dine at right now, for those who wake up with weekend brunch cravings, we've now got a solution. Check out the new Miami Brunch Heatmap, which shows you some new places—alongside some staples of brunch fame—that are doing great things with their menus.

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